13 days in Iceland Itinerary

13 days in Iceland Itinerary

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Fly to Keflavik International Airport, Drive to Hellnar
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Hellnar
— 2 nights
Drive
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Reykjahlid
— 1 night
Drive
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Hof
— 1 night
Drive
4
Kirkjubaejarklaustur
— 1 night
Drive
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Vik
— 2 nights
Drive
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Reykjavik
— 4 nights
Fly

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Hellnar

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hellnar Church, admire the sheer force of Bjarnarfoss, and then kick back and relax at Djúpalónssandur beach. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Ingjaldscholskirkja, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Skardsvik Beach, then explore the stunning scenery at Rauofeldsgja, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Olafsvikurkirkja.

Make your Hellnar itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

London, UK to Hellnar is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Hellnar

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Reykjahlid

— 1 night
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Dimmuborgir Lava Formations and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Krafla Lava Fields. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Husavikurkirkja, then examine the collection at The Transportation Museum at Ystafell, and then see the interesting displays at Sigurgeirs Bird Museum.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Reykjahlid trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hellnar to Reykjahlid takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In December, daily temperatures in Reykjahlid can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Hof.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:

Hof

— 1 night
Nestled in a narrow strip of land between the sea and the glacier, Hof remains best known for its 1883 turf church--the last of its kind to be built in the old Icelandic style of architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Svartifoss Waterfall, then pause for some serene contemplation at Hofskirkja Church, then explore the activities along Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Diamond Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Hof online tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Reykjahlid to Hof in 6 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Hof when traveling from Reykjahlid in December, with lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kirkjubaejarklaustur.

Things to do in Hof

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:

Kirkjubaejarklaustur

— 1 night
Kirkjubaejarklaustur holidays offer visitors an easy access to the untamed landscapes of Vatnajokull National Park.
On the 25th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Dwarf Crags Dverghamrar, pause for some serene contemplation at Nupsstadur, then explore the striking landscape at Kirkjugolf, then immerse yourself in nature at Skaftarstofa, and finally admire the sheer force of Systrafoss.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kirkjubaejarklaustur day trip app.

You can drive from Hof to Kirkjubaejarklaustur in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Vik.

Things to do in Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:

Vik

— 2 nights
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Solheimasandur Plane Wreck, then appreciate the history behind Voyages Friendship Statue, then stroll through Black Sand Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Reyniskyrka Church. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Skogar Museum, then explore the ancient world of Rutshellir Cave, and then explore the striking landscape at Mýrdalsjökull.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Vik online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Kirkjubaejarklaustur to Vik in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Vik sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Vik

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:

Reykjavik

— 4 nights
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Visit Grotta Lighthouse and Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar) for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Reykjavik Open Air Museum and The Settlement Center. Explore Reykjavik's surroundings by going to Borgarnes Museum (in Borgarnes), Hraunfossar (in Husafell) and Ytri Tunga Beach (in Arnarstapi). There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Gunnuhver Hot Springs, contemplate the long history of Hannesarholt, pause for some serene contemplation at Hvalsneskirkja, and take an in-depth tour of Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Reykjavik road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Vik to Reykjavik in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Reykjavik when traveling from Vik in December, with lows around -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 31:

Iceland travel guide

4.5
Waterfalls · Churches · Thermal Spas
Land of Fire and Ice
Experience the drama of this mountainous island in the North Atlantic, from glacial rivers to rushing waterfalls and geothermal hot spots. Iceland's cities, like its capital Reykjavik, are home to passionate natives who honor their Icelandic culture and history. Venture from the cities to experience the country's most powerful attraction: its breathtaking landscapes. Take a trip to one of the island's renowned national parks, see the effects of volcanic activity, and go for a dip in one of its many lakes. A haven for outdoor recreation, you can glacier hike, whitewater raft, and swim in natural pools.